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How Mindfulness Makes You a Better Writer

Today’s guest post is by Susan Saurel.

Mindfulness. That word is everywhere, right? People who believe in it perceive it as the cure for all ills of wrongs we see in contemporary societies.

But what is mindfulness, exactly? One definition is “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.”

We know how important it is to live in the present moment. However, we also know how difficult it is to commit to that goal. The mind either processes memories or visualizes the future. It misses the now. We’re missing valuable moments that we’ll never live through again.

How is the concept of mindfulness related to writing, anyway?

I can speak from personal experience: practicing mindfulness makes me more productive.

I become more focused on the work I’m doing at the moment. I can process thoughts and emotions without getting attached to them. It helps me recognize and break the bad habits that are affecting my writing. Mindfulness makes me a better writer in many different ways. Continue Reading…